Every child in Georgia can thrive when he or she is safe, healthy, educated, connected to family and community, and prepared to be a productive and responsible adult. Voices for Georgia’s Children is an independent, non-partisan catalyst for systemic change. Voices advocates for all of Georgia’s 2.5 million children – particularly those whose location, family income, race, or family/community circumstances leave them most vulnerable.

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Where Georgia Stands


of children were living at or below the poverty rate in 2019


of Georgia's 159 counties suffer from a shortage of mental health professionals


Georgia households with children reported food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Press Resources

Foundation for Child Policy

The Whole Child Primer highlights bright spots and common challenges our kids face in five areas of child well-being. We hope it is a useful tool for addressing needs that have arisen for children during the pandemic, for making Georgia a more equitable state for children of color, and, generally, for reading up on solutions to some of the most serious difficulties that children and families in our state face each and every day.

Child Wellbeing in Georgia

Need to know how many Georgia youth have access to school-based health services? Looking for a relevant statistic about child wellbeing in Georgia? Voices produces factsheets on early education, quality out-of-school time, child physical and mental health, foster care and more.

Legislation We're Following

Every year, Voices follows more than 200 child-related bills as they work their way from the hopper to the floor. We cover each of these bills in our weekly Legislative Updates.

2022 Legislative Session

Voices in the News

Valdosta Daily Times – May 12, 2022

Georgia elementary schools now required to have recess

Dalton Daily News – May 11, 2022

Georgia elementary schools now required to have recess

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – January 24, 2022

Opinion: COVID is stressing Georgia children. How can adults help?

The Charlotte Post – January 20, 2022

Left Behind: Medicaid rides to appointments aren’t reliable

Northwest Georgia News – January 20, 2022

COVID vaccination rates among young children lag in Georgia, South

WGAU Radio- October 5, 2021

Pre-K Week in Georgia

WSBRadio – October 4, 2021

11th annual Georgia PreK Week underway

Rome News Tribune – October 2, 2021

The importance of Pre-K: a teacher’s perspective

The Current – September 18, 2021

How is Georgia managing Medicaid managed care?

Georgia Health News – September 13, 2021

How is Georgia managing Medicaid managed care?

SaportaReport – August 9, 2021

Nonprofits working to strengthen mental health

Valdosta Today – July 27, 2021

Georgia DOE expanding afterschool, summer learning

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – May 29, 2021

OPINION: Are parents missing lesson in social and emotional learning?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – May 2, 2021

Summer school or summer break?

Georgia Public Broadcasting – May 18, 2021

Student Feeding Programs Ramp Up As Another Pandemic Summer Nears

The Albany Herald – April 20, 2021

State report: Georgia will focus on health disparities

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – April 2, 2021

Atlanta Aims to Enroll 20,000 Students in Summer School

mHealth Intelligence – February 16, 2021

Georgia Lawmakers to Consider Telehealth Expansion in Schools

Atlanta Journal Constitution – February 12, 2021

Georgia lawmakers move to get more children insured

Rome News-Tribune – January 14, 2021

One year later: Kobe Bryant’s poetry in rural Georgia

Georgia Health News – January 14, 2021

One year later: Kobe Bryant’s poetry in rural Georgia

11Alive WXIA – December 27, 2020

“Free Your Feels” Initiative

The Albany Herald – December 27, 2020

Georgia is not reporting adequate Medicaid, PeachCare data

Georgia Municipal Association – December 18, 2020

Engaging Youth When They are Out of School

WGAU Radio – November 6, 2020

UGA touts new Master of Social Work degree

The Albany Herald – October 8, 2020

Lee County students celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week

Atlanta Journal Constitution – October 7, 2020

Georgia Power celebrates literacy during pre-K Week

DECAL Download – October 7, 2020

Episode 7: Georgia Pre-K Week

Valdosta Today – October 1, 2020

Georgia Celebrates 10th Annual Pre-K Week

Saporta Report – August 31, 2020

Children Should Not Go Hungry When Classrooms Close

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta parents turn when children can’t do online school at home

Georgia Public Broadcasting – July 30, 2020

Supporting Youth Mental Health: Are Georgia Schools Ready?

Statesboro Herald – July 8, 2020

Study finds Georgia still low in child well-being

Georgia Public Broadcasting – June 25, 2020

Advocates Hopeful Maternal Mortality Bill Will Be Funded This Year

Albany Herald – June 23, 2020

Health care services face dangerous budget cuts

U.S. News and World Report – June 18, 2020

In Georgia, Heavily Restricted Summer Camps Still Offer Relief

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – May 22, 2020

New CDC Guidelines for School Reopening Have Parents, Teachers Concerned

Atlanta Journal Constitution – May 21, 2020

Governor and school superintendent announce K-12 Restart Working Groups

Atlanta Journal Constitution – May 13, 2020

Summer camp operators gauge how to work with Georgia’s new rules

Atlanta Journal Constitution – May 13, 2020

How a DeKalb summer tennis camp plans to play on in the age of COVID-19

Atlanta Journal Constitution – May 3, 2020

Lack of summer camps could hurt working parents, disappoint kids

Georgia Health News – April 15, 2020

COVID-19 bus brings help for behavioral health needs

SaportaReport – April 13, 2020

What about the children? (Voices op-ed)

Atlanta Journal Constitution – April 7, 2020

Why surge in foster care placement will follow COVID-19 pandemic

Gold Dome Report – February 27, 2020

Gold Dome Report: February 2020

Chattanooga Free Times Press – February 22, 2020

Heritage High School student advocates for change to address mental health

Atlanta Journal Constitution – February 21, 2020

Why more Georgia teens are attempting suicide and how you can help

Thomasville Times Enterprise – December 13, 2019

Vashti gets grant for Mitchell County clinic

Marietta Daily Journal – November 1, 2019

Kelley reads to kids for Georgia Pre-K Week

Gwinnett Daily Post – October 31, 2019

Uninsured rate for Georgia children shows troubling rise

Athens Banner Herald – October 7, 2019

Marty Kemp visits Bogart to promote Pre-K Week

Statesboro Herald – October 7, 2019

State senator, llamas come to Kids World

WGAU – October 7, 2019

First lady talks Pre-K in Bogart

Coastal Courier – October 5, 2019

Pre-K Week is October 7-11

The Center Square – September 18, 2019

Infant, toddler health focus of hearing

Marietta Daily Journal – September 10, 2019

Dempsey chairs study committee on stressors and babies’ brains

Gwinnett Daily Post – September 10, 2019

Georgia now has third-highest percentage of uninsured, report shows

Thomasville Times-Enterprise – September 6, 2019

Taylor attends Rural Development Council meeting in Jasper

Thomasville Times-Enterprise – September 6, 2019

Taylor attends Rural Development Council meeting in Jasper

Atlanta Journal Constitution – August 29, 2019

Georgia reports of child abuse rise, but numbers don’t tell whole story

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